The 49ers travel to Detroit this weekend for a game that has very little significance. If the Niners win, they’ll fall below the Lions in the 2016 Draft slotting. If Detroit wins, it will give the Niners a 1-7 road record, eleven losses, another round of boos — business as usual these days.
The 49er leak machine is floating the news that Jim Tomsula will return next year as the HC. Evidently, demoting Paraag Marthe for being the source of leaks has not stopped the leaks from continuing. Of course not. Jed York and Trent Baalke don’t have the guts to do business in plain view. If you were as culpable and incompetent as either one of these guys, you might lean that way, too.
There’s no way to know at this time of year which team has the most players thinking more about their health and their end of season plane tickets home than they are about trying to win a meaningless game. So it’s possible the Niners will win this weekend and maybe the final game at home against the equally dead-in-the-water Rams.
Still, it would be a lot more fun if the team loses both games to finish 4-12 and on a four game losing streak. Watching York explain to us what a tough year it’s been and how none of it was Tomsula’s fault and none of it was Baalke’s fault would be hilarious. If he shows up for a presser, that is. Maybe he’ll just send out a leak.